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My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you
The most compelling evidence for evolution comes from the study of genes.
April 10th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you

Editor's Note: Karl W. Giberson, Ph.D., is vice president of The BioLogos Foundation and is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Language of Science and Faith.

By Karl W. Giberson, Special to CNN

Jesus once famously said, “I am the Truth.”

Christianity at its best embodies this provocative idea and has long been committed to preserving, expanding and sharing truth. Most of the great universities of the world were founded by Christians committed to the truth—in all its forms—and to training new generations to carry it forward.

When science began in the 17th century, Christians eagerly applied the new knowledge to alleviate suffering and improve living conditions.

But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins - a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.

This is the view on display in a $27 million dollar Creation Museum in Kentucky. It inspired the Institute for Creation Research, which purports to offer scientific support for creationism.

And it’s hardly a fringe view. A 2010 Gallup poll indicated that 4 in 10 Americans think that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/four-americans-believe-strict-creationism.aspx)

While Genesis contains wonderful insights into the relationship between God and the creation, it simply does not contain scientific ideas about the origin of the universe, the age of the earth or the development of life.

For more than two centuries, careful scientific research, much of it done by Christians, has demonstrated clearly that the earth is billions years old, not mere thousands, as many creationists argue. We now know that the human race began millions of years ago in Africa - not thousands of years ago in the Middle East, as the story in Genesis suggests.

And all life forms are related to each other though evolution. These are important truths that science has discovered through careful research. They are not “opinions” that can be set aside if you don’t like them.

Anyone who values truth must take these ideas seriously, for they have been established as true beyond any reasonable doubt.

There is much evidence for evolution. The most compelling comes from the study of genes, especially now that the Human Genome Project has been completed and the genomes of many other species being constantly mapped.

In particular, humans share an unfortunate “broken gene” with many other primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, and macaques. This gene, which works fine in most mammals, enables the production of Vitamin C. Species with broken versions of the gene can’t make Vitamin C and must get it from foods like oranges and lemons.

Thousands of hapless sailors died painful deaths scurvy during the age of exploration because their “Vitamin C” gene was broken.

How can different species have identical broken genes? The only reasonable explanation is that they inherited it from a common ancestor.

Not surprisingly, evolution since the time of Darwin has claimed that humans, orangutans, chimpanzees, and macaques evolved recently from a common ancestor. The new evidence from genetics corroborates this.

Such evidence proves common ancestry with a level of certainty comparable to the evidence that the earth goes around the sun.

This is but one of many, many evidences that support the truth of evolution - that make it a “sacred fact” that Christians must embrace in the name of truth. And they should embrace this truth with enthusiasm, for this is the world that God created.

Christians must come to welcome - rather than fear - the ideas of evolution. Truths about Nature are sacred, for they speak of our Creator. Such truths constitute “God’s second book” for Christians to read alongside the Bible.

In the 17th century, Galileo used the metaphor of the “two books” to help Christians of his generation understand the sacred truth that the earth moves about the sun. “The Bible,” he liked to say, “tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens ago.”

To understand how the heavens go we must read the book of Nature, not the Bible.

The Book of nature reveals the truth that God created the world through gradual processes over billions of years, rather than over the course of six days, as many creationists believe.

Evolution does not contradict the Bible unless you force an unreasonable interpretation on that ancient book.

To suppose, as the so-called young earth creationists do, that God dictated modern scientific ideas to ancient and uncomprehending scribes is to distort the biblical message beyond recognition. Modern science was not in the worldview of the biblical authors and it is not in the Bible.

Science is not a sinister enterprise aimed at destroying faith. It’s an honest exploration of the wonderful world that God created.

We are often asked to think about what Jesus would do, if he lived among us today. Who would Jesus vote for? What car would he drive?

To these questions we should add “What would Jesus believe about origins?”

And the answer? Jesus would believe evolution, of course. He cares for the Truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Karl W. Giberson.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Opinion • Science

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  1. TMAN

    What really bugs me about religion is when you all say .. "it was meant to be".. "God works in mysterious way" .. blah blah blah .. It probably the worst cop out i have ever seen. Evolution exist all around us .. it happens everyday .. It the only way anything can survive.. want an example.. Religion... It evolves itself to come to term with what science has uncovered .. this article being case and point. I wounder if any one still believes in that talking snake...

    April 10, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  2. evensteven

    What does it matter? We're here and we're alive and life is great and wondrous . . .

    April 10, 2011 at 4:49 am |
  3. Necifix

    When I start caring about fictional characters' opinions on scientific facts, I'll let you know. Until then, I'll trust the scientific community and physical evidence instead of beings that have no evidence of ever existing.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • gene

      Not surprisingly, the Bible already has an explanation for you and your position...

      But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2

      April 10, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Pastafarian

      @gene: wow, how convenient. An escape clause just in case any of the sheep start thinking for themselves or questioning the blinding ignorance they are being asked to accept.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  4. Jill

    I very much believe in the Bible as the inspired, infallible word of God, and I fully believe God created and purposed everything. Having said that, I read in the Bible, "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2Peter 2:8 I think. Also, I know that God works in his own time, and he takes much longer than a 24 hour day to work in my life. As a Bible believing Christian I have no problem whatsoever that God may easily have taken millions of years to shape the world and it's wonders, as we know it today. I guess we'll never know all the details this side of eternity, and I can't wait to ask him some day. Meanwhile, I LOVE reading of all the new scientific discoveries....the more we find out, the more we get a glimpse into the mind and heart of God. Sometimes when I see pictures of creatures from the depth of the sea, or from the mulch of the rain forests I think God must have a great sense of humor and an exuberant sense of style and creativity! Also, I'm SO thankful that our brains are created (however long it took) to delve into science and technology so we can see the glimmers of the wonders of His creation.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • Necifix

      I'm twitching from the ignorance.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • vera

      agree..doesn't matter.. believe what u believe and it will be proven someday, even so now

      April 10, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • monkeyman

      Hey don't hate. This is a christian who actually thinks about their faith.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:21 am |
  5. TheDude

    So, am I a monkey or not?

    April 10, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • Medicine Man

      A monkey is a primate, and so are you, but that does not mean you are a monkey. However, you are distantly related (but not very distantly).

      April 10, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • RUSerious

      @TheDude

      Just wondering, did you ever get your rug back?

      April 10, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  6. Medicine Man

    I applaud Karl's view for the simple reason that it's a sensible stance to take when the evidence so overwhelmingly contradicts belief. If more believers adopted the perspective that their deity created Evolution for us to discover, there would be no need for much of the conflict that arises out of what is, after all, cognitive dissonance.

    The main reason that Evolution is still called a theory by the vast majority of scientists is simply that the many different processes involved are still being uncovered and characterized, not because there is a lack of confidence in the truth of its existence. It's standard practice in any science to describe anything that's remotely dynamic as a theory.

    That doesn't equate to an opinion, or a hunch, or a belief, no matter how many times those who refuse to accept the considerable evidence that supports the existence of evolution (which CAN be observed happening in some cases – look into industrial melanism for examples) may claim otherwise.

    I'm constantly amazed at the huge numbers of people in the US (and elsewhere) who are so poorly educated in the subject that they don't even know that all living things on this planet possess DNA (and/or RNA and a bewildering number of variants).

    There are genes that we have that are also shared by plants and other animals (yes, even plants have DNA).

    Probably the same people who aren't aware of the common possession of nucleic acids are also not aware of the fact that everything on this planet is a chemical – there is no such thing as a substance that is "chemical-free". Water is a chemical, air is a chemical, wood is a chemical, even rocks are chemicals. Even in the vastness of outer space, there are chemicals. Nothing exists without being a chemical (almost always a complex mix of them).

    And the staggering thing is that only about 5% of the universe is made up of those chemicals – the nature of the other 95% (dark matter and dark energy) we are only just beginning to work out.

    Religious belief pales into insignificance compared with the world around us and the testable evidence of its reality.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:44 am |
  7. Jason

    I think the author needs to have a clear distinction of Truth (Jesus said: "I am Truth") and 'truth' as he uses otherwise in his text.

    I do not believe the discipline of science was ever intended to find Truth, but was guided by Truth to discover explanations for observations (theory).

    April 10, 2011 at 4:43 am |
    • Armageddon

      Mr Chimpanzi Evolutionists LIKE YOU can also rationalize all kinds of immoral behaviors as merely part of the evolution of man; nothing is inherently bad. As a teenager, I learned that my science teacher had an affair with a woman in the loft of his home while his pregnant wife was downstairs. Though it deeply hurt his wife, he appeared indifferent to her feelings. He excused himself by saying, “Not all of the primates we’ve evolved from are monogamous, so adultery is perfectly natural. because you're also ANIMAL.. So do ya think it can help YOU.” Evolution clearly undermines Christian living. "(For you to know)" :p

      April 10, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Armageddon

      Armageddon
      Mr Chimpanzi Evolutionists LIKE YOU can also rationalize all kinds of immoral behaviors as merely part of the evolution of man; nothing is inherently bad. As a teenager, I learned that my science teacher had an affair with a woman in the loft of his home while his pregnant wife was downstairs. Though it deeply hurt his wife, he appeared indifferent to her feelings. He excused himself by saying, “Not all of the primates we’ve evolved from are monogamous, so adultery is perfectly natural. because you're also ANIMAL.. So do ya think it can help YOU.” Evolution clearly undermines Christian living. "(For you to know)" :p

      April 10, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • RUSerious

      @Armageddon

      Cool story bro...

      April 10, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  8. Adam

    I live hoping that there is some sort of after-life when we pass. I'm not placing bets on Christian, Jewish or any other following. I just hope when/if I get there, the guy in charge understands my skepticism. It's pretty lame to compare faith to science. Sure, it's easy for a logical person to understand evolution and the obvious factual linkage. Faith is about a belief in something that science can't disprove. There is a vast unknown universe that we can all actually see from our backyards. So if you can believe in life on other planets, evolution, then why is it so far fetched to believe in a higher being that created the matter that our universe is made up of,

    April 10, 2011 at 4:41 am |
  9. Kayrow

    Such a stupid article. evolution challenges the foundations of the Christianity. WHY WOULD JESUS BELIEVE IT? This guy Giberson is a nut

    April 10, 2011 at 4:40 am |
  10. Kannin

    The Bible was written by men on paper. The fossil record of evolution was written by God in stone. Which one should we believe?

    April 10, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • Nathan

      Am I the only confused one here? If so I'm sorry for anyone who reads this comment.

      April 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Howard Dean

    Mclean v Arkansas (1981) – In this federal district court trial, it was decided that Creation Science (Young Earth Creationism) cannot be taught alongside evolution because it violated the first Amendment in that was a means to promote religions in the public schools.
    Edward v Aguilard (1987) – The Superior Court decided that Creation Science cannot be taught in public schools because ‘’.

    Kitzmiller v Dover (2005) – In this federal district court trial, it was decided that Intelligent Design cannot be taught alongside evolution because it violated the first Amendment in that was a means to promote religions in the public schools.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  12. Howard Dean

    Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!Advocates of the Intelligent Design movement got obliterated in the Dover Trial!

    April 10, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  13. Charles

    “What would Jesus believe about origins?”

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
    John 1:1-3 (NASB)

    April 10, 2011 at 4:29 am |
  14. Confused

    I couldn't get past the terrible picture of DNA at the beginning.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • ND

      Haha, too true. Where are the major and minor grooves?

      April 10, 2011 at 4:56 am |
  15. Rafael

    Science is still dealing in theories, which change each and every day. Creation is as it is spoken of by The Creator in Genesis. Science is slowly catching up to it. Do the research for yourself. Don't follow the latest theories or opinions based on flawed testing methods by scientists who are not really seeking the truth but the next method of funding. No one has yet discredited the Bible. Do the research yourself instead of following the jokes, the pranks, and the meaningless theories. Moses wrote the proper sequence of creation over 3000 years ago and scientists do not dispute that it is the correct order, they argue periods but not order of creation,. How could a shepherd in the middle of the desert 3000 years ago got it right when he had zero technological aid? Through the All Mighty Creator. Yes in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. whether you believe it or not does not change that.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:21 am |
    • Breck McKean

      I think you maybe don't have a clear understanding of what a Theory is. A Theory is an explination based upon mulitple lines of evidence. If something is considered to be a Theory, it is the closest thing to "truth" that you can ever come in science. Here is a list of a few Theories that you probably don't question:

      Germ Theory – you get sick because of organisms or viruses invading your body
      Cell Theory – all living things are made up of cells
      Atomic Theory – all matter is made up of tiny particles you cannot see with the naked eye

      Do not confuse the scientific word Thoery with the everday word theory, both words mean very different things.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • Eric

      And tons of star light en-route

      April 10, 2011 at 4:33 am |
    • Rafael

      Breck you just proved my point. It is a theory and based on flawed testing. If you or anyone else want to misuse the word theory you certainly can. It is a flawed opinion based on a flawed testing, a theory. I don't know what else you call theory.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:50 am |
    • monkeyman

      breck is right. A theory can be just an idea someone has about something, but scientifically it is a collection of scientific laws. Gravity for example is a law, yet it is part of a collection of laws which become the theory of astrophysics. Evolution is the same.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • Draken

      People, forget trying to talk sense into a religious nutcase like Rafael. Genuine religious people suffer from a form of mental illness and like skizophrenics you can't argue their delusions away. Every piece of evidence and every single argument against their claims are interpreted by their brain to fit with their delusions. You can't argue with crazies.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Ben Dover

      Rafael, he just proved you aren't very smart, which was entirely too easy to do. Now run along.

      April 10, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  16. ufadoof

    The fact that this day in age a headline topic such as this still exists is astonishing. It doesn't bode well for humanity.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:17 am |
    • monkeyman

      It's all american, anywhere else in the world the idea that evolution is in question is a complete joke. Christians europe accept evolution and don't even think twice about their kids being taught it in school. Even in some muslim countries evolution is generally accepted.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • Draken

      Our current civilization is unfortunately in decline. Witness the stagnation in using our scientific research for real progress like that seen in the 60's. The abandonment of a real space program. The devolvement of entertainment – for example in TV from story driven shows to "reality TV" where people are entertained by and idolize stupid people doing stupid things.
      The abandonment of rational and knowledgebased education and thinking for irrational religious teaching only fits this pattern...
      I'm fairly pessimistic about the state of our civilisation in 20 years. We are on our way to a new dark age....

      April 10, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  17. Where did every living thing come from?

    Humans are smart and can creat things and explain what they creat. When it comes to the Origin of the Universe and of man and other living things, they are totally clueless- BECAUSE THEY DID NOT DO THE CREATING !
    The Theory of Evolution is simply invented. There is no Evidence or Proof of Evolution. They find some bones and simply invented the rest of the story. Sometimes i wonder how intelligent scientist can believe that we came from apes...
    well, they have no other better explanaition. I guess airplans origenated from Toy planes.
    The answer of how everything came into existance can only be found in the book that the Creator has given us-
    The Bible- in Genesis.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:06 am |
    • Greg

      The fact that you think that humans evolved from modern apes shows just how little you know about evolution.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • Breck McKean

      There is no evidence? How about....
      1. All living things use DNA to write RNA and RNA to construct proteins using identical mechanisms.
      2. We see similar structures throughout similar groups such as the following traits that are shared by all mammals
      A. Red blood cells lacking a nucleus
      B. Large, complex brain
      C. Different types of teeth
      D. Inner ear bones
      E. Hair
      F. Mammary glands
      G. Similar digit pattern
      3. Embryos of different organisms go through the same stages of development; at early stages they are indistinguishible
      4. Vestigial structures (hind legs on bones, plica semilunimaris in humans (third eyelid orign site), goosebumps in humans, etc.
      5. Fossils
      6. Convergent evolution – whales and sharks have similar body plan but are not related very much; the mammals of Australia and North America look similar when occupying the same niche

      There is actually a great deal of evidence. Do some research and look into these things.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Breck McKean

      Well said brother...

      Peace...

      April 10, 2011 at 4:32 am |
    • knightforx

      The irony is that your list could be argued to be evidence of a creator just as much as evidence of evolution. Everything evolved in exactly the same way? It's like looking at a PC and an iPhone and not coming to the conclusion that there was a creator involved in both.

      Think about this – if you remove any one simple assumption about the earth, such as water evaporating/redistributing via rain, the entire concept of life would vanish. Even when you factor in the billions of planets we now know are out there, there are certain "rules of the universe" that need to exist and if you take even one of them away the whole thing would collapse. What are the odds??

      April 10, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • Q

      @knightforx – In a sense you are correct, i.e. invoking magic can explain anything and everything with the practical effect of explaining nothing. However, with respect to special creation, many aspects of the list do specifically contradict special creation/common design, particularly vestigial organs and convergent evolution (e.g. old world vs. new world vultures). Other examples would include the loss of the vitamin C pathway described in the article but one of my favorites is our human defunct gene for egg yolk. Add to this any number of bad design elements (e.g. bad knees/wrists/backs/necks, recurrent laryngeal nerve, male ni-pples, etc) and the argument that we are anything but the product of an imperfect trial and error process is credible only to those who feel obliged to reject empirical physical evidence to preserve their belief that blind faith is somehow the key to immortality.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:03 am |
    • Peace2All

      @nightforx

      Hi -nightforx...! Before I you start reading this posting from me to you, I am an 'agnostic.' So, I am truly open-minded and into respectful discussions where both parties benefit from the transactions.

      So... with that said-----

      You Said in response to @ Breck McKean's 'list'...."The irony is that your list could be argued to be evidence of a creator just as much as evidence of evolution."

      Yes, you are correct... for some, the 'list' that -Breck listed could be 'interpreted' as evidence of a 'Creator's' plan. But, first you would have to prove that there is a 'creator.' It seems that you may be going into this discussion with 'there is a creator' already assumed. (If my interpretation of you is wrong...my apologies). We cannot prove a 'negative' in that 'evolution' and the evidence thereof, does 'not' have anything to do with an 'Intelligent Designer' or the Creationism theory.

      All we can do is look a the repeatable and continually refining of these testable theories and evaluate.

      The burden of proof typically in science is on the one's making the 'positive' claims that there is.... something, i.e.. a God, ID, etc... So, do you have any evidence that proves your 'belief' that there, in fact, is... a God, or ID...?

      You Said: "Think about this – if you remove any one simple assumption about the earth, such as water evaporating/redistributing via rain, the entire concept of life would vanish. Even when you factor in the billions of planets we now know are out there, there are certain "rules of the universe" that need to exist and if you take even one of them away the whole thing would collapse. What are the odds??"

      I think that you are using the 'what are the odds' gambit as some kind of justification to *infer* that life is special, and we are the products of a God or Intelligent Designer. As opposed to, this is just the way 'reality' worked out and came into being.

      Anyway, -nightforx, I've enjoyed chatting with you...

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      April 10, 2011 at 5:14 am |
    • dick parker

      Yes, some people are smart. Some are not so smart. Religion is taught. Evolution is Fact.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:17 am |
    • Peace2All

      @ Q

      We 'often' end up posting in the different articles on similar threads. Apparently, again quite often something is catching our mutual interest.

      Well, all I can say is yet another *stellar* posting by you.

      Peace brother...

      April 10, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • JC

      You need to look at the DNA sequence evidence, the similarity of chromosomes between chimpanzees and humans... if you can understand that you are more similar to your relatives than to total strangers because of the traits you inherited from them (through genetics)... then you should be able to understand that we are related at a genetic level to other primates. Its not just about surface similarities. UC Berkeley has a great site about evolution: evolution.berkeley, edu Educate yourself about the actual science.

      April 10, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • USminority

      How was every living thing created? We are all star dust, plain and simple. And your comment "we came from apes".. no one said we came from apes. Ignorant people who have no knowledge about what evolution is say that to be sarcastic. Our descendants didn't look anything like todays primates, but we are all primates with the same descendants (like pinguins, ostrich, and hummingbirds. But they don't look/act the same). I like your example of airplanes and it may help me explain a bit about evolution. The plane the Wright brothers built is nothing like todays planes (they evolved), you might even say it was more like a kite than a plane. Planes have gone through many iterations and only the ones that worked (survived) were able to move on and go through more iterations (the strongest survive) to give us what we have today. Human primate stands on 2 legs and suddenly has huge advantage over the other primates (line of sight, sight distance). Human primate sharpens stones as weapons. Human wears skins as camoflouge. Some stones spark and produce fire. Humans learn to communicate with language. Humans destroy neandrathols and other standing primates. Humans build with mud. Humans mix mud to create concrete. Humans create civilization. Humans invent god to create order.
      Humans on earth = 60,000years Life on earth = 80,000,000 years
      Earth = 4,500,000,000 years

      April 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Canuck1979

      Whoa! First off, there is evidence, millions of years of evidence. Just like we know there was another humanoid called neanderthals which went extinct. We did not evolve from modern apes. Our DNA split from apes around 6 million years ago. This did not happen in a day, it happens over hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years. Why did our DNA split? Well, let's see, send half your family members to the antarctic and you stay in florida. Your family members in the antarctic will change their living patterns to deal with the different climate then you do. Over millions of years, their ancestors DNA will change somewhat to reflect their habitat. Evolution happens right in front of our eyes...Flu viruses evolve and adapt to their surroundings...etc. This is basic knowledge guys, come on. No wonder the U.S. is getting dumber and dumber.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  18. Joel

    That's nice, but I'm gonna go ahead and get Santa Claus's take on the issue before making up my mind.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  19. joe wilson

    i did not evolve. plain and simple.
    evolution is a creation from the devil and those who believe in it are destined to the 9th level.
    IT IS A CREATION OF LUCIFER. GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS.

    i pray for you all every night that there will be mercy.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:02 am |
    • Breck McKean

      I love your sarcasm! I agree that evolution is the most reasonable explination for the diversity of life we have here on the planet as well.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:17 am |
    • Daniel

      From what you say, I agree with you. You obviously did not evolve. Too bad you were left behind!

      April 10, 2011 at 4:19 am |
    • whatever

      There is no 9th level in hell. HELL DOES NOT BURN FOREVER! Read your bible correctly and stop demonizing God, you who call yourselves "Christians" but are in fact hypocrites and workers of lawlessness.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • monkeyman

      I hope that this is a troll. If not then you do realize that the catholic church is gods voice on earth, Peter was given the keys of heaven and earth, he founded the church and the church as a whole has accepted evolution. If you accept genesis as literal truth then you should also accept this as literal truth, despite recent troubles with the church they are still supposed to be gods voice on earth. On a side note – the catholic church has also decreed that pollution of the environment is a sin. So any christian who does not support environmental protection policies is sinning by doing so.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:32 am |
    • Cameron

      Religion is for idiots and morons its been used for years to control people like sheep...Just think about it all of a sudden after how long man has been on earth Christianity is supposed to be the legit religion.....

      April 10, 2011 at 4:40 am |
    • dick parker

      My soul is fine and dandy thank you. There is no devil and there is no santa claus. Now, I'm just gonna sit here and eat my banana in peace if you don't mind.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:25 am |
    • Draken

      A fine example of the delusions afflicting the form of mental illness called "religion".

      April 10, 2011 at 6:27 am |
    • wolf359

      Ironically you used science and technology to type your ignorance! The science that put a computer on your desk is the same science that proves evolution, it is called mathematics. Well at least ignorance can still be bliss, but stupid does not have to be permanent.

      April 10, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • joe wilson

      grats. you guys can't tell a troll when you see one. lulz.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • billabong

      lucifer means light bearer which jesus was referred to as eosphoros which means the same thing...i dont think you are helping your arguement...

      April 11, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • HeavenSent

      All the non-believers insisting Jesus doesn't exist because they refuse to take responsibility for their bad behaviors.

      Call it what you want. Jesus calls you fools and society calls you anti-socials that don't ever want to grow up.

      Amen.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • John

      No you don't. Saying that you pray that a God who created all will not choose to burn someone for all eternity because they don't happen to believe what is clearly contradicted by creation itself is pure nonsense. You take joy in believing that you are correct and that others will suffer and burn while you spend eternity in heaven, right? Eternity is an awful long time. What will you do for eternity when there is no more us against them mentality, boredom sets in, and all you can do is sit around fanning the creator with your wings.............Forever!

      April 11, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  20. eric

    The better question is: Who cares?

    April 10, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • Breck McKean

      I care. Lots of people care. What your post should probably read is that you do not care.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • Ben

      Just because something looks like it has been around a billion years doesn’t mean that it has. When a contractor builds a building and puts out the landscaping it makes it look like it’s always been there. An out of town person with no knowledge of the area can drive by it and say “Wow, look at that! I wonder how long it’s been there?” They don’t know that it was just finished yesterday and not five years ago. So let’s just suppose God put out the landscaping and stuck a man in it. The reason for the speed of light is so that we can know how big God’s universe is, not to determine how old it is. It just looks old. Besides, what is time?

      In the search for the ‘origin of life’ natural man will eventually arrive at the same point as the Spiritual man – just not as soon. If we had a microscope powerful enough and could see smaller and smaller … even smaller than atoms, electrons, quarks, energy, the very essence of which matter is made; and, if we could build telescopes powerful enough to probe to the end of the cosmos, or travel the seemingly endless universe in a second and visit a trillion stars in the twinkling of an eye, we would reach the same point which is The Word – of which everything is composed. It is by God’s design that we should find only Him – the Creator.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:20 am |
    • John

      LOL... I guess you do since you had to post something about it. Just going to the next article would have been easier.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:53 am |
    • Ben

      To the other Ben,

      I see words without any content or meaning. Just a bunch of rambling nonsense about how you imagine things to be the way you want the to be. Thankfully, reality doesn't care one bit about your imaginings. It is what it is and you can either choose to learn and know, or you can drop anchor, give up learning or knowing and fade away with the rest of history.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:54 am |
    • Gracko

      @Ben – While your warm story sounds so reassuring for the justification of Creationism, it avoids science altogether. It's kind if disingenuous to infer that science's take on evolution is that "the world looks old."

      April 10, 2011 at 4:56 am |
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